Austin Wiley is one step closer to winning yet another FIBA gold medal.
The Germans stuck around early in the quarterfinal game on Friday afternoon, but couldn’t contain the Americans, or the Hoover, Ala., native for long.
“There really wasn’t a difference (in mentality).” Wiley said following the victory. “We came with the same mentality. We kept pressuring and pressuring them, and eventually they folded, so that was good from us.”
After a quiet first half — Wiley scored just 6 points and snatched 3 rebounds through the first two quarters — the Auburn basketball center finished with a team-high 19 points and 10 rebounds. It was Wiley’s second double-double since being in Egypt for the FIBA World Cup. The first, a 16-point game in which he tallied 16 rebounds, came in a USA win over Mali.
“It was just a real physical game,” Wiley said. “We all wanted to make it to the semifinals. Germany came out playing their best, and we came out a little slow, but we got it together and continued to play hard.”
Largely because of Wiley’s second half efforts, Team USA defeated Germany 81-59, moving on to a Sunday semifinal game. The Americans will face Canada, who topped France on Friday morning to secure the first spot in the semifinals.
If the US is to win on Sunday, they will face either Spain or Italy, who are set to meet in a Saturday semifinal game on the other side of the bracket.
Through five wins in Cairo so far, Wiley is averaging a double-double (10.2 points, 10.2 rebounds). Team USA is also leading all teams, particularly on the offensive end. The Americans are the tournament leaders in points per game (102.6) and total points (513).